Sustainability in our life
To talk about sustainability we must first understand the term and know why the need to apply it in our lives.
Today there is a lot of talk in social networks and Web pages about the environmental damage that is suffering the environment due to pollution. Therefore we can say that it has become a trend the use of sleeves or bags (recyclable, reusable or biodegradable), sorbets, cigarettes or limes friendly to the environment and other techniques or procedures that mitigate environmental impact.
One of the biggest contaminants and destroyers of marine fauna and Flora has been plastic, yes that plastic that we are so accustomed to use at home and many of them (not to say all) have a short time of use before disposing. Humanity is accustomed to the use of this material as practical as it may be, but rarely do we think about the damage it does to the environment. The plastic takes about 400 years at least to decompose but never disappears. Now imagine how much each person can discard each year and then calculate by population… It's too much!!!
In the following video of the organization Market Zero is explained very well:
That is why the theme of sustainability is becoming more and more important in our lives.
But what is it or what does it mean that something is sustainable?
The concept of something sustainable refers to the sum of the efficiency and effectiveness with which a procedure is carried out, which can be maintained by itself or at a very low economic, environmental and social cost.
Knowing this concept the following concern is:
How to apply it in our life?
At Speakeasy we want to create awareness with this issue and not just make a few paragraphs talking about what many have already done. We want to show you solutions to replace this material that has been part of our lives for years in my case for all my life.
We are always accustomed to that there is a party or meeting and we will buy everything in plastic to be more practical when it comes to cleaning and picking, or we are going to take anything we buy in a shop or restaurant and ask "will you have to sip please?" Another very common is every time we go shopping we use at least 4 cases (bags).
For all these and more there are options more friendly with the environment and your planet. Why use them? Because if you don't start it, who else is going to do it?
Sustainability can be applied in any area of our lives and almost in everything around us. One of the factors that allows us to measure it and also the damage that nature receives is the carbon footprint.
Carbon footprint: greenhouse gases (GHG) of any product, organization or event
There are several ways to apply sustainability in our life and so give our bit, but the most important thing we must understand is that to make this possible we should start by changing our mindset because since we are young we are taught to use A lot of plastic, water waste and very little or any kind of recycling. If we think about efficiency and the effectiveness of what we do on a daily basis we can realize that there is always a lot we can do.
We will leave you some simple examples that will have a slight impact on your daily life:
- Water use or abuse: we don't normally think about the amount of liters of water we waste needlessly on the bathroom, kitchen or workplace, washing etc etc.
- Reuse of products: discard the least amount of waste. Give two and even three uses to the products before disposing of them. Applying the 3r will help us: rethink, Reuse, recycle.
- Electricity consumption: Electricity consumption is also often a neglected aspect. It is recommended to do periodic maintenance to refrigerators and air conditioners and to adjust the thermostat so that we avoid excessive work and therefore high consumption. The use of LED-type bulbs is also a recommended practice.
- Consumption of local products: it is always recommended to consume or prefer local products as their carbon footprint will be much lower due to the transfer of imported products.
- Not always organic is synonymous with good: Unfortunately not all organic food production has a low carbon footprint. Remember to research a little bit about the procedures of that organic brand you used to.
- Waste management: Many countries (especially Latin Americans) do not enjoy an adequate recycling system. Avoid buying or using, to the extent of your possibilities, plastic items or containers. Use a thermo or reusable container to drink water and carry it with you always.
- He preaches with the example but also shares: invite your friends to understand the damage we are doing to our planet and share what you learn about it, the changes you have begun to make and advise them how to start being part of this change.
There are currently, worldwide, organizations dedicated to implementing these changes through: Beach cleaning, awareness campaigns, waste management, lectures, workshops and more. Among them more oxygen, 4Ocean and other companies that have been dedicated to replacing the plastic with natural materials or really biodegradable.
The following video shows the work done by the 4Ocean organization:
Research in your locality the groups or organizations that offer this kind of help and give your grain of sand as much as you can, starts from now to act changing your mentality and helping to be part of this change. It is not easy, but if we get used to use it can also get used to leaving it is only a matter of attitude and desire not to be indifferent to what we do to our house.
In the continuation of this article we apply the sustainability to the bar. Don't miss it!!!